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1 March 2013 Effects of Hurricane Rita on the Herpetofauna of Village Creek State Park, Hardin County, Texas
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Numbers of species and individuals in the herpetofauna of Village Creek State Park, Hardin County, Texas, were compared before and after Hurricane Rita. Number of species in the entire park remained stable after the hurricane. However, there was a significant increase in numbers of species and individuals in some habitats within the park. Changes in the herpetofauna may be attributable to a massive tree-fall caused by Hurricane Rita, which opened the canopy and increased coarse woody debris within the park.

El número de las especies y de los individuos en la herpetofauna de Village Creek State Park, condado de Hardin, Texas, fueron comparados antes y después del huracán Rita. El número de especies quedó estable dentro del parque después del huracán. Los cambios en la herpetofauna se pueden atribuir a una caída masiva de los arboles causada por el huracán Rita, que abrió el dosel y aumentó los restos gruesos de árboles dentro del parque.

Paul F. Nicoletto "Effects of Hurricane Rita on the Herpetofauna of Village Creek State Park, Hardin County, Texas," The Southwestern Naturalist 58(1), (1 March 2013). https://doi.org/10.1894/0038-4909-58.1.64
Received: 26 September 2011; Accepted: 1 November 2012; Published: 1 March 2013
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